As the dust cleared on Tuesday's hard-fought action, pool veteran Eric Mott summed it up best:
The WSHSP can't be won on the first day, but it sure can be lost.
Just ask Tim Shore and Julie Fraize, who are so close in their race to be the first pool participant to be knocked out of contention that the judges can't even make a ruling yet.
Early leader Michael "Trasher" Trzinski who apparently did get the memo regarding no earrings.
It should shock no one that Michael Trzinski, still stinging from last year's attempt to restore the WSHSHP crown to a native Wisconsinite, has redoubled his efforts this year to go an almost perfect 29 out of 30 in the first round. But look who has joined him atop the leaderboard standings! None other than rookie pool participant and former Lawrence goaltender Joe Motto, a virtual recluse since giving up 18 goals in a 1986 tilt with UW-Whitewater. Could Joe be this year's Cinderella? Stay tuned.
The always handsome Peter Rudy had a good day, too, as did the tag-team combo of Eric Mott and Analisa Rudy (no relation). They share second place with 28 points.
Six participants share the bronze medal podium for now. John "Omarosa" Stephens is a name many of you remember but for all the wrong reasons. Wayne Lee is making his usual fast start but many expect him to once again fade in the later rounds. Dan Krewson returns to the pool after a brief absence and seems to have picked up some hockey knowledge along the way. (No more erractic Beaver Dam Golden Beaver predictions on his slate.) Todd "The Polish Cannon" Zwiaska rings in with a strong first round showing (after assisting a pretty goal for the Commissioner during the Blues' 6-1 loss to the Wingnuts on Monday night), as do two people I've never heard of, one Josh Hanzlik and Jordan Jaspers. (The latter gentlemen gets to stay baseed solely on the coolness of his name.)
There's a log jam at the #4 position. Please click on the brackets link to the right to see where you stand.
Stand by for additional posts today, as well as my write-up from last night's hard fought Monona Grove/McFarland game.
God Bless Wisconsin High School Hockey!